Petquip has seen an increase in membership from companies which are concerned about uncertainty resulting from the UK’s transition from the EU and further Covid-19 restrictions.
The trade association’s sister organisations, Gardenex and the Commercial Horticulture Association, have also seen a membership rise; all three being part of Federation of Garden and Leisure Manufacturers.
Membership benefits include access to an exclusive database of international buyers, taking part in ‘Meet the International Buyer’ events and access to the Federation’s online specialist exports helpline.
PetQuip will be holding a series of virtual ‘Meet the International Buyer’ events in 2020, with more planned for next year.
The Green Poop Bag, an eco-friendly company which produces compostable bags for the pet industry, is one of the companies which has recently joined Petquip.
Co-founder Denise Lucas said: “We decided to join Petquip so we could connect with other businesses in the same field. As a start-up company we’ve also taken advantage of all the information given. I believe we will be able to expand faster as a result.”
Amanda Sizer Barrett, director general of the Federation, said: “The last couple of years have seen huge challenges for UK businesses with the uncertainties of Brexit and the current coronavirus pandemic but Gardenex, PetQuip and the CHA are here to help.
“As members of our associations, companies can benefit from our help and support on all aspects of current and future exporting and we look forward to continuing to work with businesses to help them increase international sales.”
She added: “We are looking forward to supporting UK suppliers in the next months to navigate the outcome of the UK’s transition from the EU and to seize the undoubted international business opportunities that lie ahead.”